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With Us, With Him

Anchor Devotional - 05.13.15


"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling
among us."
(JOHN 1:14)

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

The doctrine of the incarnation – that God came to earth in the Person of Christ – is essential for us to understand if we are to draw any lasting comfort that Jesus is, as the prophet Isaiah called Him, Immanuel, “God with us.”

The Bible tells us Jesus came down from heaven and became a man. He was fully God and fully man. Jesus was not a man with God-like qualities; nor was He God with only human-like qualities. Paul reminded the church at Colossae that “in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9). In today’s verse we see the Eternal Word came as a Man and lived with us. Theologians call this the “hypostatic union,” and it means that in very fact, Jesus was both God and Man at the same time. God was really with us!

And after Jesus’ resurrection He declared that He is here with us now, “to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). He has promised that when that Day comes, He will return from heaven for us and we will be with Him there forever (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

Scripture Focus

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Insight

COME,
LORD JESUS!

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